Meet the team

The Management

Declan Burke

Leisure Club Manager

I manage the Ardilaun Leisure Club with the help of a wonderful team of sales and leisure instructors.

I am a fitness enthusiast who has spent over 20 years involved with leisure clubs and promoting health and fitness in the sporting sector. I have gained vast amounts of experience in membership control and fitness trends and I enjoy being on the ground floor observing, meeting and greeting the members and guests of the club.

At the Ardilaun we believe in creating a homely facility that incorporates great rapport between staff and customers and delivering this brand on a consistent basis.

I hope to see you soon in the club looking after your Health and Fitness as we all know Your Health Is Your Wealth.

Barbara Cashen

Leisure Club Sales & Accounts Manager

I have been part of the Ardilaun team since 2008 and oversee the sales, accounts, marketing, photography and advertising of the club.

The most enjoyable part of my job is meeting the customers and insuring they have a happy experience at the leisure club.

The biggest motivation for me is seeing people realizing their potential. You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great and we have a wonderful team of fitness instructors here to help you on your way!

For membership queries send me an email at

The Team

Itxaso Elias

Supervisor / Lifeguard and Class Instructor

Hi I’m the supervisor here in the club and I’m from the Basque Country, North of Spain. I’ve a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education. I am also qualified as a gym instructor. I have been working as a Dance teacher (Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-hop and Ballet) for 8 years.
I have a general love of keeping fit and participating in a variety of different sports.I teach a variety of fitness classes here in the club such as Dance Fit, Aqua Aerobics, Low impact and HIIT. I really love to make people sweat and enjoy.
I consider myself an active, enthusiastic and friendly person. I love meeting members while assisting them to achieve their goals.

I will be qualified as a Personal trainer in the next few weeks. If you want a training program don’t be afraid to come to me. Don’t forget “your health is your wealth”.

Tara Walsh

Swim Teacher / Ligeguard / Class Instructor

I am a very calm yet enthusiastic individual, I really enjoy working in the gym environment and meeting members. I also enjoy taking group classes like Spin, Circuits and Aqua Aerobics and I teach kids and adult swim lessons.

I look forward to seeing you in the club and if you’re interested in one to one swim lessons please get in touch.



Gemma Brook

Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer

I have recently received full qualifications in Fitness Instruction and will soon be a fully qualified Personal Trainer.
I’ve also studied Musical Theatre for three years in Glasgow from 2012 to 2015 and I have a great passion for dance.

I love teaching spin classes, HIIT and especially Dance Fit!

“Making people feel good about themselves is something I love to do and I cannot wait to start my Personal Training journey”.



Brandon Tolan

Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer

 Hi, I joined the club a few months ago and I’m a fitness instructor and personal trainer, I take a wide variety of classes in the club. I always had a great interest in fitness and I think it is vitally important for everyone to keep fit and active for their health.

Get in touch if you need a fitness programme or for advice in the gym.



Turlough O’hEocha

Fitness Instructor/Swim Teacher/Personal Trainer

Hi, I’m a personal trainer, class instructor and swim teacher here in the club. I teach a wide variety of classes.
I’m currently doing a Physical Therapy Degree in Dublin. I love sport mainly boxing and kick boxing which is one of the main aspects I teach in my one to one sessions. I have a real passion for training and it`s probably my most important trait. 

If you have any questions about the gym, please ask me anytime.

Elizabeth McKeever

Leisure Club Attendant/Swimming Instructor

I’m a Cavan woman currently living in Galway and studying science in NUIG.

In my spare time, I play rugby with my college team. I teach swimming lessons in the Ardilaun (if you’re looking for lessons, I’ll be glad to help!) and I work as a leisure club attendant.

Amy O’ Reilly

Kids club assistant and a Leisure attendant

Hi, I’m a student who is studying in NUIG. I work as a kids club assistant and a leisure attendant here at the club.
I really enjoy swimming and have a great interest in Health & Fitness.

Don’t be afraid to say hi on your next visit!




Shane Leamy

Leisure attendant & Swim Teacher

I work as a leisure club attendant and swim teacher here in The Ardilaun. I love swimming. Not only is it an essential life skill, but it’s also great for your body and your mind. 


Daniel Coughlan

Lifeguard and Kids Club attendant

Hi I’m Daniel, I love working here at the Ardilaun as a pool lifeguard and kids club assistant.

I enjoy all things Health and Fitness and look forward to seeing you in the club.



Sarah Crudden

Kids club assistant and Lifeguard

Hi I am a student and I work part time as a leisure club attendant here in the club.

I have a great interest in health and fitness. If you have any questions feel free to ask me at any time.



Emer McGinty

Kids club assistant and Lifeguard

Hi I am a student and I work part time as a leisure club attendant here in the club.




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